South West Health is asking Digby town and municipality to each put aside $60,000 for doctor incentives.
They’re telling us Digby has no choice if we want to compete against neighbouring communities like Shelburne or Middleton.
The town and the municipality are scrounging through their budgets looking for the money to try and stay one step ahead of our neighbours.
Meanwhile the Department of Health has a different sort of incentive package working in a different direction. They pay emergency room doctors more— $500 a day more to work in Halifax than they pay them to work in Digby or Middleton.
Individual rural communities are already fighting an uphill battle to attract doctors without trying to compete against the Department of Health and Wellness.